A real insider’s wine, or another best kept secret, Great Western produces aromatic, flavoursome yet structured and spectacularly age-worthy Rieslings which stand confidently alongside their more famous South Australian cousins. The Great Western region lends itself well to producing exceptional Riesling – its diurnal weather patterns (warm days / cold nights) work well for the varietal. Some of our original nursery plantings can be traced back to Germany so there is a significant history and pedigree in the root stock of Great Western Riesling

Grown on the sandy loams of the Concongella Creek and the Rhymney Vineyard sites, and occasionally from selected local vineyards, Best’s Riesling shows the intensity and finesse which are hallmarks of the Great Western region. The wine is made to show true varietal characteristics, achieved by letting the pristine fruit shine above all else. It is cold fermented in stainless steel tanks, retaining the fruit’s inherent aromatics and acidity. Balance, texture and fruit flavour make for an accessible, food friendly wine. And while made to drink now, it will definitely age for many years to come. We can testify that Best’s Great Western Rieslings from the 1970s are drinking superbly now!

Riesling Shield - Western Wine Challenge 2019
Gold Medal & 95 Points - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2019
Top Gold Medal & 96 Points - Victorian Wines Show 2019

The riesling vines used to produce this wine come from cuttings off the original 1866 planting of Best’s. Cool, huh? Always a zingy number and distinctly Aussie riesling in that zingy, tart, acid driven way, here’s another cracker. Lime juice and zest, steely mineral notes, fragrant and frisky to taste, all mouth-watering and refreshing and generally just delicious. Quite a bit of concentration here but the freshness is ludicrous and challenges any perceived weight here. A touch of sweetness? Maybe. A delight. Drink 2019 - 2030+  Rating: 94 Points; Mike Bennie - The Wine Front

Pale yellow hue, the aroma very fragrant and lifted. Very attractive dried flower aromas, the palate briskly acidic and dry and almost a tad austere - if it wasn't for the rich fruit centre. It promises to age superbly. Rating: 93 Points; Huon Hooke, The Real Review

Whole-berries wild-fermented, pressed to 7yo foudre, matured on gross lees for 7 months a la Germany. It's totally dry, but has the intense lime zest and pith flavours I find irresistible. Drink to: 2035; Price: $25.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2020; Alcohol: 11%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

 

(1971)

SKU 1971
Brand Bests
Shipping Weight 1.3333kg
Unit Of Measure ea

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